Industrial Controls & Robotics (ICON), AAS

At Dunwoody College of Technology, the Industrial Controls & Robotics program provides evening students with the entry-level skills and theoretical knowledge to maintain the latest in automated manufacturing, packaging, and industrial robotic systems.

Graduates from this program are prepared to enter the industry as machine designers, machine assemblers, electro-mechanical technicians, maintenance mechanics, and field service technicians.

The course of study includes: basic electricity and electronics, mechanical systems, electronic sensors, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), industrial robotics, motion-control systems, and advanced packaging and manufacturing systems. The program's curriculum is aligned with standards set forth by the Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI), the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), the Robotics Industry Association (RIA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Instrumentation Society of America (ISA) as well as other national trade organizations.

Arts & Sciences curriculum supports the technical coursework by enhancing the students' communication, mathematics, and critical thinking skills.

A shorter certificate option is also available.

Credential Earned: AAS
Length of Program: 2 years (4 semesters)
Classes Offered: Evening
Available Starts: Fall Semester; Spring Semester
Bachelor's Completion Option(s): Automation Controls Engineering Technology (AENT), Bachelor of Science | Industrial Engineering Technology (IENG), Bachelor of Science
  • Apply the concepts of basic electricity. 
  • Demonstrate required industry safety standards. 
  • Explain the operation of electronic devices. 
  • Troubleshoot circuits and systems using industry standard test equipment. 
  • Analyze electrical schematics and mechanical prints. 
  • Perform maintenance on mechanical systems. 
  • Commission and maintain industrial control systems. 
  • Commission and maintain industrial robots. 
General Requirements
MATH1000Algebra & Trigonometry3
MATH1300Boolean Algebra & Number Systems2
Communications3
Humanities3
Social Sciences3
General Electives6
Technical Requirements
ELTT1100Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab2
ELTT1120Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory8
MACH1000Machine Shop Fundamentals2
MDES1110Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks4
ASRO1220Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory4
ASRO2100Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab2
ASRO2120Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory8
ASRO2200Automation & Robotics Lab2
ASRO2205Automation & Robotics Theory8
Total Credits60

The following sample academic plan demonstrates how a student's schedule might look on a semester-by-semester basis, including elective courses. Your actual degree plan may differ from this sequence, depending on whether you start in the fall or spring semester, what transfer credits you may have (if any), and which Arts & Sciences courses and electives you take and when you take them.

The sample academic plan is for informational purposes only. To determine your academic plan, please meet with an academic advisor.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ELTT1100 Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab 2
ELTT1120 Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory 8
MATH1000 Algebra & Trigonometry 3
 Credits13
 Total Credits13
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SpringCredits
MACH1000 Machine Shop Fundamentals 2
MDES1110 Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks 4
ASRO1220 Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory 4
MATH1300 Boolean Algebra & Number Systems 2
General Electives 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits15
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallCredits
ASRO2100 Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab 2
ASRO2120 Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory 8
Communications 3
Social Sciences 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
SpringCredits
ASRO2200 Automation & Robotics Lab 2
ASRO2205 Automation & Robotics Theory 8
Humanities 3
General Electives 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits16

Descriptions

ELTT1100 | Basic Electricity & Electronics Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Analyze, design, and build series, parallel and combination AC and DC circuits. Build and test semiconductor circuits, power supplies, transistor circuits using protoboards and various test equipment.

Corequisite(s): ELTT1120

ELTT1120 | Basic Electricity & Electronics Theory | Lecture (8 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with basic electricity, including Ohm's Law, resistance, capacitance, inductance in AC and DC circuits, as well as solid state principles of diodes, power supplies and transistors.

Corequisite(s): ELTT1100 ELTT1110

MACH1000 | Machine Shop Fundamentals | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Manufacturing of parts through layout and bench work, includes the use of band saws, drill presses, surface grinders, manual lathes and vertical mills. Basic principles in metal-cutting technology includes threading, tapers, knurling, boring, radii cutting and milling procedures such as squaring stock, the use of rotary table and the many other milling and turning operations.

MDES1110 | Engineering Drawings with SolidWorks | Lecture (4 Credits)

Creation of 3D solid models, assemblies and related engineering documentation using SolidWorks. Blueprint reading and application of ASME/ANSI standards to CAD drawings.

ASRO1220 | Mechanical Transmission of Power Theory | Lecture (4 Credits)

Identification, recognition and calculations associated with various components of machines including bearings, gears, cams, motors, clutches, cylinders (hydraulic and pneumatic), fluid systems, mechanical systems and other automation related components.

ASRO2100 | Industrial Controls & PLCs Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Installation, wiring, programming, operation, testing and troubleshooting programmable logic controllers. Interfacing programmable logic controllers with switches, sensors, motors, pneumatics, and other I/O devices. Set-up, configuration and troubleshooting inductive and capacitive proximity, photo-electric, temperature and other industrial sensors.

Prerequisite(s): ELTT1100 Or ELTT1110

Corequisite(s): ASRO2120

ASRO2120 | Industrial Controls & PLCs Theory | Lecture (8 Credits)

Wiring and programming fundamentals associated with programmable logic controllers. Identification, recognition and calculations associated with inductive and capacitive proximity, photo-electric, temperature and other industrial sensors.

Corequisite(s): ASRO2100 ASRO2110

ASRO2200 | Automation & Robotics Lab | Laboratory (2 Credits)

Set up, configuration, programming and troubleshooting industrial robots to meet industry standards. Configuration and troubleshooting of installed automation and packaging equipment using machine schematics and related documentation.

Prerequisite(s): ASRO2100

Corequisite(s): ASRO2205

ASRO2205 | Automation & Robotics Theory | Lecture (8 Credits)

Identification, recognition, programming and calculations associated with automation and packaging components, motion control, industrial robotics and related documentation.

Prerequisite(s): ASRO2120

Corequisite(s): ASRO2200

MATH1000 | Algebra & Trigonometry | Lecture (3 Credits)

Real numbers and polynomials, exponents and radicals, fractional equations; proportions and linear equations; trigonometric functions, solutions of triangles, radians, trig functions graphs, vectors, and basic identities.

General Education: Mathematics

MATH1300 | Boolean Algebra & Number Systems | Lecture (2 Credits)

Binary, octal and hexadecimal number systems. Boolean algebra and mapping.

General Education: Mathematics